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McCain's sarcasm isn't what we need to hear on immigration

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In treating a fellow citizen with contempt and ridicule recently, Arizona Sen. John McCain illustrated three of America’s major problems.

The first is that, years after the debate began, our border with Mexico still is not secure – and many of us don’t trust the government to secure it as part of the upcoming immigration reform bill.

The second is that Americans who simply want the rule of law respected and enforced are being ignored, particularly along the border.

The third is that our leaders in Washington, including Mr. McCain, are imperious and arrogant and sometimes contemptuous of the people they are elected to serve.

McCain illustrated this most deftly when a citizen at an Arizona town hall expressed his dismay that the border fence hadn’t been completely built. McCain, who claimed he had shown otherwise in a chart earlier in the meeting, pointed to it and said sarcastically it’s not a fence, “it’s a banana. We’ve
put up a banana with about $600 million worth of appropriations.”

Senator, even angry constituents – who have every right to be angry – deserve better than that kind of condescending sarcasm. Only an imperious ruler gives that kind of treatment to his subjects.

We need term limits. Period. These people in Congress are out of control and out of touch.

President Obama claimed in May 2011 that the border fence was “now basically complete.” But shortly after, watchdog website Politifact.com called the claim “barely true.”

The truth, as Politifact noted, is that the Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for “at least two layers of reinforced fencing.” The law was watered down a year later to allow the Department of Homeland Security to determine what kind of “fence” was necessary in any particular location.

The result: Politifact reported that “the vast majority of the (fencing) requirement was met with vehicle barriers and single-layer pedestrian fence. The original act specifically called for double-layer fencing, and (out of 649 miles) only 36.3 miles of double-layered fencing currently exist.”

Maybe it is a banana after all, senator.

After apparently digesting its own report, Politifact changed its mind on the veracity of President Obama’s claim that the border fence was “basically complete.” Whereas the website initially called the president’s statement “barely true,” “On July 27, 2011, we changed the name for the rating to Mostly False.”

Last month, a federal judge approved a lawsuit by a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers who say directives from their superiors at Homeland Security and ICE Director John Morton have ordered them not to enforce federal immigration laws – and that they’ve been threatened with discipline if they do.

American citizens, especially those who are continuing to tangle with illegals on the border, are understandably upset and skeptical that their government will secure the border.

We would suggest that Sen. McCain, confronted with such anger and skepticism at his town hall – instead of spouting sarcasm and derision – could have replied that he understood why people felt that way, given recent history. And he further could have offered the most vocal critic a helicopter ride over the border to prove his point.

At what point does one forget how to serve in Washington?

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Darby
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Darby 02/25/13 - 12:47 am
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/25/13 - 05:48 am
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Throw Out Some Banana Peels

We had just as well throw out banana peels for the illegals to slip on as they cross the border. That would be as effective as any so called fence up now.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/25/13 - 06:48 am
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Remember to pass the Dutchy on the left hand side!

"At what point does one forget how to serve in Washington"? Well Darby us commoners must learn to serve by passing the Duchy on the left hand side, show proper deference when we are lied to when they come back to Augusta to get elected, don’t complain when they lie because if the lier is black you are a racist, and mostly to give up your rights and money so they can spend like a crack head who found a thousand dollars on the street. There that is how you remember to serve those in Washington. Now remember you are simpleton and can't be trusted to handle your money, your health care or your retirement. We need an idiot in Washington to do that for us!!

carcraft
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carcraft 02/25/13 - 06:51 am
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I think those asking for

I think those asking for amnesty should be required to help build the fence. Three levels, between 1st layer and 2nd layer a motion sensing system. by the time they reach the third layer they are apprehended! I am tired of the lieing jerks in DC! John Barrow take note, no Amnesty, and no gun control laws!

KSL
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KSL 02/25/13 - 07:19 am
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How about land mines?

How about land mines?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/25/13 - 09:04 am
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Punji pits are cheaper.

Use those instead of land mines.

Or dig a smooth-sided, very wide, very deep trench between the two fences and fill it with razor wire. Electrify the fence closest to Mexico and make it very, very tall.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/25/13 - 09:18 am
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"How about land mines?"

Bingo!

If we want to seal the border we'll have to really seal it. Land mines and machine guns. We can't just put up a fence, because fence won't work.

But we don't REALLY want to seal it. We are too politically correct to REALLY want to seal it. We'd rather just talk about it and spend billions of dollars ACTING like we want to seal it.

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rmwhitley 02/25/13 - 10:02 am
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As long as a leftie is breathing,
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the U.S. borders will never be secure. Illegal aliens form the base for the democratic party.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/25/13 - 10:58 am
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NOT ONLY SEAL THE BOARDER BUT

NOT ONLY SEAL THE BOARDER BUT PUT IN AN E VARIFY SYSTEM FOR HIRING!

Jane18
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Jane18 02/25/13 - 11:11 am
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Nobody Likes A Smart...Mouth!

A fence? What fence? You mean the one we have that people climb over, cut through, tunnel under, and LORD knows what else? That isn't a fence, that's a puzzle for illegals, they enjoy figuring out how to "beat" the Gringo's attempt to keep them(illegals) from "coming to America". Unless something drastic is not built, they will continue to get through, you know, kind of like rats when they have gnawed their way through something, then they can go anywhere(causing and committing destruction) ....and wait for more to "come on in"!! As for the AC's last question.........if, and I use that little word loosely, if these people ever really did have good intentions for their position, the folks that voted them in, and for America, it probably left the most of them almost as long as it took to find out what all the others(Congress) already knew and were doing.....

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/25/13 - 11:46 am
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We are ENTITLED to better
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Entitlement is the word that gets action.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 02/25/13 - 02:04 pm
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Why put all the blame on McCain?

Obama seems to be doing an incredibly aweful job, even slithering around the responsibility of providing illegal weapons and the murder of a border patrol guard! Why do you always blame republicans for everything? Just once, would you please look at the real problems?

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owensjef3 02/25/13 - 02:38 pm
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HA, this is why you will
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HA, this is why you will lose again. Land mines, oh boy,

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 02/25/13 - 08:40 pm
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spoken like a true

spoken like a true pretender........

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/25/13 - 09:20 pm
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The solution remains very

The solution remains very simple. No jobs, and no social support; no reason to come here. Hammer those who employ illegals and cut off all taxpayer support. Streamline the guest worker program while fortifying the tracking / identification methods. Do those things and illegal immigration essentially becomes a moot issue.

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